wanted Best Of to be something more
than just a retrospective; hence the inclusion of two very recent
pieces (Ralph's Rhapsody & The Music of What Happens)
— written for the next new Ray Lynch album) as well as a dance
or club version of Celestial Soda Pop
(Celestial Soda Pop Remix).
label suggested I do a new version of Celestial Soda Pop
for the Best Of, but after much consideration
I found I really didn't want to do it (I thought I got it
right the first time), but I wouldn't mind if someone else
had a crack at it. And why not a dance remix (which would
at least satisfy my many friends under the age of 20?) .
So it was done, and an 8-9
minute dance or "club" version (Nikolas/Sibley)
was forthcoming. It was exactly what I had asked for and I
was, nevertheless, both shocked by its four-on-the floor,
in-your-face attitude and amused by its relationship to the
original. With time and familiarity the shock wore off (after
all, it ain't dance music without the beat), but I realized
that I couldn't include a long dance piece (however well-made
for its purpose) on an album that was meant for listening.
So I edited
the 8 minute dance remix down to 4 minutes, and then I added
elements until I found it interesting. This turned out to
be far more difficult than I had imagined, and after many
weeks and several versions, I emerged with a better understanding
and appreciation (somewhat reluctantly given) for the club
I can only
hope that the remixed remix works for you as it does for me.
The piece appears as it does simply because that's the way
I enjoy hearing it. So much for the new music — I've also
included nine pieces from the previous 4 albums, all digitally
remixed, so you may hear things you never heard before!